In-between all of the end-of-year best-of lists, there are a few lists that it might be questionable for entertainment properties to end up on. One of these is undoubtedly the list most-pirated shows for the year.
Though a good showing of that list is undoubtedly a sign of popularity, copyright holders would almost certainly rather have those viewers paying to watch their shows. It stands to reason, then, that the most-pirated of the year list also pinpoints which shows come at too high a cost to view.
Keeping price concerns in mind, it isn't a surprise that several cable and premium-channel shows appear on TorrentFreak's list of the ten most-pirated shows of 2013. The publication's rankings are based off of BitTorrent downloads throughout the year.
Game of Thrones tops the list this year, taking the title of most-pirated show for the second year in a row. The show's season finale set a record earlier this year by having 171,572 sharing the episode via BitTorrent at the same time.
AMC's popular cable shows Breaking Bad and The Waking Dead also made an impressive showing on the list, coming in second and third, respectively.
Showtime's Dexter and Homeland also make the list, though fans of Dexter might now regret having gone through the trouble of pirating the show's final season.
Though they cost no money to watch on U.S. network TV channels, it seems that many fans of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother decided to catch up on the series' via BitTorrent instead. As seen on the full list below, these shows came in at fourth and sixth on the list, respectively.
- Game of Thrones
- Breaking Bad
- The Walking Dead
- The Big Bang Theory
- How I Met Your Mother